The widely watched trial of former senior official Bo Xilai was broadcast live on Weibo over the past two days, a surprise for many people at both home and abroad.
Pictures and video clips were shown. Transcripts from both the defense and prosecution were also released, including parts where Bo denied evidence presented by prosecutors.
This degree of transparency has not happened before. This will create a precedent that will bring lasting impact to the future trials of sensitive cases.
This Weibo live feed has served as an important guarantee of a fair trial for Bo in accordance with the law. The live show has addressed various doubts and rumors in and outside China. It demonstrated that the authorities are ready to receive more public scrutiny.
This is not a political trial, nor a moral one. This will only be a trial by law. Even if someone might have personal goals, before the public eye, there is no way to achieve anything in this trial, anything that is not tolerated by the law.
Besides assuring a fair trial for Bo's case, the Weibo live feed has also convinced more people about China's sincere desire to improve the rule of law.
For a while, the Chinese public has been complaining about injustice in constant news reports of scandals or social issues.
The open and transparent trial of Bo provided a different picture to the public, which will significantly change the image of the judicial system.
The most important thing now is to have a fair trial for Bo's case, which will naturally boost the public's confidence.
We have seen a very good opening of this trial, with widespread applause and support from various walks of life.
Of course, the Weibo live feed is not without risks. Breaking news about Bo's scandal had already become a sensation. People have been expressing all kinds of opinions online, no matter how much they know of China's legal system. Foreign media have also shown great interest in covering this.
No matter what ruling the court eventually gives, there must be some different opinions from the public. The Weibo live feed provided great details of the trial, which will only add fuel to the public discussion about this case.
The development of the rule of law needs both the judicial authorities' hard work in each case and public support.
Major cases will not only avoid "political judgment," but also "public opinion judgment."
A fair trial needs to follow strict legal procedures, while under public scrutiny.
But in the end, it is the court that is responsible for giving a ruling according to the law.
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